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Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE Review

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As the Galaxy Nexus approached launch on Verizon here in the U.S., you couldn’t pull up an Android site without seeing some sort of rumor, tip or leak that had to do with it. This phone was hypebeasted as if it was the second coming of some religious tech figure. Over the last couple of months, things have been unbelievably wild (both positively and negatively) around these parts, and the majority of the thanks can be attributed to it. As a “Nexus” on Verizon, the release of this phone marked an industry first on a number of levels including the combination of Ice Cream Sandwich, 4G LTE, NFC, an unlockable bootloader, and the support of the entire developer community. It has been dubbed as one of the first truly finished Android products to date. With so much to live up to, we will do our best to let you know whether or not it has.

The Good:

  • Hardware:  The insides of the Galaxy Nexus are what you would expect from a top tier phone in 2011. It has a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, both front and back cameras that can shoot HD video, an HD display, 4G LTE and an NFC chip. You will find ultra-enthusiasts out there claiming that Google should have done more to push the envelope, but truthfully, they didn’t need to. They optimized top notch hardware with the latest version of Android making this phone run like butter. Oh, and we should also point out that this is the only device on the planet running the OMAP4460 processor if you really need to justify it.
  • Feel:  In hand, I’m not sure there is a phone that feels better. Its curves and weight make the Galaxy Nexus a joy to hold. We were slightly worried about how it would feel when Samsung announced that it would sport a massive 4.65″ display, but those worries were washed away the minute we got it in hand. You will hear critics claim that the device feels cheap “like all Samsung devices” – I would beg to differ. I’ve had the Galaxy S2, Fascinate, and some of their tablets, so I know what cheap feels like.  This phone, feels completely different and of a higher quality than past Samsung releases.
  • Design/Build:  This could have gone in the “feel” department, but that just wouldn’t be fair because the design of this phone is a work of art. With its slightly curved HD Super AMOLED display, bottom-placed headphone jack, textured back, volume and lock switch placements, and on-screen buttons, the G-Nex is easy on the eye and easy to use. If there was a design standard that manufacturers should take going forward, this and the DROID RAZR are the two phones to look at.

  • Performance:  We have been off the benchmark train for quite some time now, so when we talk performance, you aren’t going to see them anywhere. When we mention “performance,” we tend to go with a little thing called the feel test. And with this phone, the feel test is passed with flying colors. What we mean by that, is that the feeling you get while buzzing through home screens, switching apps, using the camera, watching video, playing games, etc. just feels great. There are no stutters, the phone never seems to get bogged down by too many processes, and no matter what you throw at it, the Nexus can complete it. Also, thanks to Ice Cream Sandwich, you can limit the number of tasks that your phone keeps in the background, making this phone as fast as you want it to be.
  • NFC:  NFC will some day be the future of mobile payment technology and the sharing of info between two devices. With the G-Nex, you get an NFC chip, so going forward, you are set. Now, the real struggle comes on the back end of things where we see if Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile will allow you to have options to make those mobile payments and share information. So far they have chosen to lock it down to their yet-to-be-released NFC payment option. Thankfully this is a Nexus, and you already have other choices.
  • Screen:  The HD Super AMOLED display on the G-Nex is simply put, beautiful. At 316ppi, it falls short of the HTC Rezound’s 342ppi, but most human eyes won’t be seeing pixels either way. If there was one downside, it’s that the colors are a little more vibrant or cartoon-like than some may want, especially after you see the natural tones on the Rezound. No matter what though, this is as high of quality of screen as you’ll find on any phone and will not disappoint. Plus, with the phone’s ability to hide the on-screen buttons to give you a full 4.65 inches of viewing goodness, you will be searching for excuses to continue to use it.

  • It’s a “Nexus”:  As someone that’s life is now dedicated to Android, I look forward to seeing what Google has dubbed the next “Nexus.” It’s always the ultimate developer phone that launches with the newest version of Android before any other phone. This is what it is all about if you can’t get enough green robot. And with this being the first Nexus on Verizon, I’m not sure you will find a happier tech geek. The developer community has already flocked to this phone to give you more hacks, tweaks and ROMs than you will know what to do with. If tinkering with your phone is a must, then this is the phone to look for.
  • 4G LTE:  4G LTE may kill batteries at a record pace, but we still love it. Having faster internet speeds on your phone than your home computer is something I still struggle to wrap my brain around. Couple LTE with a Nexus and you have a match made in heaven.
  • Camera (speed and software):  I’ll touch on the quality of the camera down below as it is most definitely not in the “good” category. As far as speed goes, no other camera phone can match the instant shutter of the Nexus. You tap on the camera button and it takes photo before you can even blink. And better yet, it’s ready to go that quickly so you can snap a whole series of photos and not even realize you have. The software is also improved with panoramic features, a whole bunch of on-device editing tools, and fancy “hipster” filters.

  

  • Camera (video):  As you will see in the 1080p sample that is attached down below, the video quality that the Nexus shoots is surprisingly good. The zooming while recording is much better than expected and time lapse recording is an added bonus. While this may never replace my HD camcorder, it will do just fine as a replacement in a pinch.
  • Ice Cream Sandwich:  As you all know, the Galaxy Nexus runs the newest version of Android (4.0) that has been named Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s the most advanced, polished and user-friendly version to date. If there was a time to get started with an Android device, this would be the one as ICS is the future of Android. And with ICS and the Nexus, you get some extra features like Android’s Beam sharing feature that utilizes the NFC chip. You also get the on-screen buttons that rotate with the phone instead of the built-in soft keys that most phones have. Some would argue that the real draw to the Nexus is the fact that it is the first to run Android 4.0 and they may be right. Then again, the phone coupled with ICS and the attention to detail by Google is what really makes it. If you want complete overviews and tips and tricks on Android 4.0, you will want to see our G-Nex guide to the world.
  • Updates:  You won’t find a phone attached to a carrier that will see updates as quickly as the Galaxy Nexus. Since it’s a “Nexus” and receives new OS updates directly from Google, you will always be on top of the Android game. Rather than seeing an OS update roll out and then asking yourself when you will see it on your skinned phone, you will be the one with the new OS watching everyone else ask that question.

The Not-so-Good:

  • Camera (picture quality):  If there was one thing that I think we can all agree on, it’s the fact that Google and Samsung skimped on the camera in this phone. It is just not as good as the competition at taking still shots. Forget the fact that it’s only 5MP and not the industry standard of 8MP for high end phones, the camera in this phone should be better than it is. Low or bright lit areas, the shooter here is simply not good enough when you compare it to the HTC Rezound or even the RAZR for that matter. It may not be as bad as the Bionic’s camera, but man is it pushing it. You definitely can’t expect this phone to “wow” any of your friends in the recently-snapped-photo department. Samples below:

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  • Battery life:  It’s an LTE phone, so it sucks. On either the standard or extended batteries and with LTE turned on and WiFi off, you aren’t going to get a whole day of life out of this phone. Hell, you may not even get half of a day. I hit anywhere between 6-11 hours, but the average is probably closer to the lower end of that range. If you want your phone to last for 20+ hours though, simply turn off LTE and you will never worry about battery life again. On an average day using WiFi and 3G-only, I consistently see well over 20 hours of life on the extended or standard batteries.

  • Rear speaker:  The rear speaker has been a pain for some, including myself at times. It has an incredibly low volume even when turned all of the way up. There are apps out there that can adjust the stock volume settings to make your external speaker louder though, just be careful that you don’t overdo it. Depending on your need for a high-pitched ringtone, this isn’t necessarily a deal breaker on this phone.
  • Connection issues (for some):  I haven’t run into the signal and connection issues that many of you have, but it still needs to be addressed. There are all sorts of antennae-gate signal strength issues going on with this phone, some of which have been debunked time and time again. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t Nexus owners experiencing real issues though. Some have reported that when sitting side-by-side in low coverage areas with their other 4G phones, that the Nexus can’t even lock onto LTE while the others can at least grab a couple of bars. It’s tough to tell if this can be fixed with software or if it’s even widespread. One thing is certain, if you spend the majority of your days in a low signal LTE or even 3G area, just make sure you keep track of the time you have to return it in case your Nexus struggles.

  • Price:  We are almost a year into the $299 on-contract phone pricing scheme and I’m still not a fan of it. I get that Verizon tested us all with the DROID Charge and a few people actually forked out that kind of change leading Big Red to push forward with this being the standard for high end LTE phones, but that doesn’t mean I can’t complain about it. And I totally get that we should expect to pay a premium for a device we use on a daily basis, yet it still seems a little much. Then again, I had no problem actually dropping Benjamins for it…so maybe this argument is completely unnecessary. Damn you ever-changing tech industry!

Gallery:

Hands-on and Overview:

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Video Sample (1080p):

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The Verdict:

The combination of beautiful hardware, innovative design, and software has made the Galaxy Nexus one of the first Android devices to feel “complete.” There have been few times over the last two years that I reviewed a phone and felt 100% confident in recommending it – this is one of those times. Is it the best Android phone available? Easily. While the Galaxy Nexus may have a camera that doesn’t measure up to some of the other players in the game like the HTC Rezound or DROID RAZR, there are too many other positives to make this the phone that you should check out if you have an upgrade available. Actually, if you are a tech geek that always wants to be on the leading edge of the Android world, you may also want to look to go off-contract and upgrade. After having had both the GSM and LTE versions of this phone for the last month, it has easily become my favorite Android device.

Related:  Complete Galaxy Nexus “How To” Guide | Ice Cream Sandwich Features Part 1 and Part 2.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE Specs | Other Galaxy Nexus Coverage

  • tyson184

    my g-nex has crashed several times already and im starting to experience lag while jumping around. I have several apps loaded but nothing abnormal – im a little concerned as its about 2 weeks old. 

    is anyone else having these issues? 

    • Anonymous

      Nope…..ocassional reboot though…….no rhyme or reason…..but not very often though.

  • NewAge

    Great review! Agree 100%
    Love the site, keep doing what you’re doing. Go Blazers!

  • Anonymous

    everyone says the camera sucks but i can tell you it is 100% better than the camera my pos droid x2 had!

  • http://twitter.com/RabidDroid Threepwood

    It has nothing to do with exclusive its just that carriers want to add all their crap skins on top and that takes times. Google isnt forcing anyone to wait.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Youssef/1415893034 Adam Youssef

    I think the battery life isn’t too bad. I mean it could be worse.

  • TeflonBilly

    I thought the lag was due to phone manufacturer having to update there skins and then having to submit it to the carrier for bug testing.  Google usually release source code a few days after a launch.

  • weapon x

    Are you freaking kidding me? Another totally unnecessary and totally opinionated review on the Gnex? The call quality sucks, the battery sucks, the build quality sucks. I can say that, I tested both Gnex and Razr. Razr was a clear winner. If Google and Crapsung would have spared no expense in the hardware like they did the software, I would be the first to say this was the best there is right now.  They say love is blind…. apparently so are a ton of DL or should I say GL readers. Such a shame… 

    • Anonymous

      not even going to waste my time replying.

    • Colin Zack

      no.

    • EC8CH

      are YOU kidding ME?

      • Anonymous

        no. are you KIDDING me? emphasis/screaming/hatred on the kidding. :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      And by tested, do you mean you walked into a Verizon store and played with each one for about five mintes?  Please.

      • weapon x

        Maybe I actually bought one Hank, and took it back cause it sucks, maybe i have friends with Android phones, Hank, maybe I spent enough time to realize it wasn’t all it was made out to be? Stop chewing on Google’s nuts for a second people and admit that they picked the wrong manufacturer for their superphone. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/treswaters Tres Nugget Waters

          My call quality is great.

  • Naergoth

    Power button and headphone placement are terrible. Every time I pick my phone up I’m turning the screen on and adjusting the volume by accident. TERRIBLE. Hopefully Motorola makes the next nexus and puts those buttons and jacks in the proper place.

    • Anonymous

      once you get used to them it’s fine.

    • http://quiklives.tumblr.com quiklives

      Funny, coming from a Droid X it took me a couple days to acclimate, but I really prefer them all where they are on the Nexus…so clearly it’s not right or wrong, just different. The placement on the Nexus seems to work perfectly for how I hold my phone and how it goes in my pocket.

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        Agree i actually like the power button on the side its jist better

  • Anonymous

    There is usb storage drive support in ics. Connect a usb drive to the phone. Sucks that your midsing out on such an amazing phone. Kellex review is spot on with the pros and cons. The battery isnt the greatest but not as bad as the thunderbolt, trust me that was a mess. The camera for pictures are horrendous but i found that messing with the exposure gives you wayyy better pictures. I have been plagued with “poor signal quality” since day one but never had slow internet or poor quality/dropped calls.

    One thing i want to stress is i have put this phone through its paces and it almost never lags! Ive tried everything including leaving countless numbers of apps open and still no lag! Finally! Ive come from the g1>mytouch 3g> OG Droid (may you rest in peace)>Droid X> thunderbolt ( may you burn for you evil battery life)>droid charge and now finally the nexus and i have to say, since the OG droid i have never been this satisfied with a phone

    • Anonymous

      I had an incredible then a charge (hate that phone) to a gnex……..I love this phone!

  • Gamer 28

    I agree with most of your review, expect for the performance part. My Nexus S running GPA19 opens and runs apps faster than my Galaxy Nexus. The only part where it’s faster it’s in the browser. What’s more, both my Nexus S and Droid Razr can keep more apps in memory. Something that’s very odd sense the Galaxy Nexus has double the ram than the Nexus S. Also the UI is far from smooth, because I can constantly see frame drops through out the app drawer and simple scrolling.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Clearly you misunderstand the term performance…its not really the spees of opening an app but the smoothness at which the phone operates at

      • Anonymous

        actually performance applies to both instances.  The speed of which apps open up as well as swiping between screens.  He also state the UI isnt very smooth.  My biggest issue with my Evo 4g is clicking on messages icon and having to wait for my texts to load on the screen, especially if i hit the wrong text and want to back out i have to wait several seconds sometimes.  i could hardly call that a “high performance” device by todays standards.

         I played with rezound, nexus, and iphoen at the verizon store.  The nexus is smooth but not perfect.  And i thought the Rezound was perfectly smooth until i touched the iphone.  It’s clearly the smoothest although the rezound is really close.  The nexus isnt quite there.  As far as opening apps, they all do pretty well.  But i think the rezound is quicker in that aspect too.      

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000017250612 Alex Drum

          the rezound… smooth… obviously you dont know a thing about what your saying… even the unlock screen is not smooth at all… when you drag the ring to unlock the phone it is dropping frames.  by the way if you want the nexus to be as smooth as the iphone turn off live wall paper, go into settings, dev options, and check the box under apps that says don’t keep activities… because lets be real here… the iphone does not have multi tasking… it just has fast switching  

          • Anonymous

            sigh… i could say obviously you dont know what you are talking about. Were you in the store with me? Ok then. Maybe the phone you used was a lemon, maybe the phone i used was a fluke. I don’t know. And.. i dont have a horse in this race, but apparently you do. I was simply comparing stock elements of each phone, not going into dev settings and fine tuning each aspect (i shouldn’t have to do that, it should just run smoothly from the get go).

            As from videos i’ve seen online the nexus isnt as smooth as the GS2 or iphone. And from what I personally felt, it was a bit slower than rezound and iphone. Maybe you have different experience i dont know. I was just trying to decide wether buying a Nexus in April would be worth it or if i should just get the newest ICS shipped phone from a different carrier. And from what i saw, i think i’d be better off getting a ICS shipped from from someone else in the late spring/summer.

            Don’t get your panties in a bunch. All the phones i talked about were much better than current Evo 4g and are all excellent. I would just prefer smoother UI aka faster foreground tasks over “faster” background tasks and i hope the newer phones can fix this stupid lag.

  • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

    Amen Kellen! This phone is seriously a joy to own and use. This phone seriously shows what Android is all about. Today I took some beautiful panoramic pictures of the gorgeous snow up here in Michigan. So cool! Also, the screen is freaking sweet! ICS is great!!! I just can’t get enough of this device (hardware and software). As you mentioned in the review, I was worried that it would feel so plasticy and cheap, but it honestly feel GREAT in the hand. Feels better in hand than any other phone that I’ve ever held. Love it! I got a case for it yesterday (really good case by the way. It’s the Diztronic Matte Black Translucent btw. Feels good and looks great. Adds some weight but doesn’t make the phone to bulky). Seriously, this phone is amazing! No regrets whatsoever about getting it. Which, I didn’t think that their would be. Although, I certainly don’t get 20+ hours on 3G or wifi. Not even close. Let me know how you do that will ya??? Anyways, the G-Nex is the BEST PHONE OUT!!! 

  • Anonymous

    Dear Kellex: Thank you for finally acknowledging that there are problems with the radio on this device.

  • etche

    Hi, I’m from Argentina and will never get the phone in my country. Just wanted to ask if anyone knew when the phone will come out GSM unlocked (not the imported expensive ones) and at what price range. I’m flying to USA on April. Thanks!

    • Chrisriner84

      Espero que puedes obtenerlo en Los estados en April (debes obtenerlo por at&t o t mobile) pero va a estar tanto cado como Los GSM unlocked de England, more than likely. If you want it might as well get it now.

      • http://plus.ly/wallendiaz WallenDiaz

        Yo compre el mio en ebay con desbloqueo de fabrica version GSM a un vendedor en china y solo tomo 2 días para llegar a estados unidos y es un teléfono increíble, me tiene sin cuidado lo que digan de la cámara.

        • etche

          Thanks guys! I wish I could buy it right now at full retail price but sending it here is quite expensive.
          Will definitely but if from at&t or t-mobile once I’m there. I guess they will be releasing it in the next couple of weeks/months, right?
          I also kinda thought that upcoming news from the Samsung Galaxy S III would bring this phone’s price tag a bit down.. not sure about that though.

          • http://plus.ly/wallendiaz WallenDiaz

            You can wait until January I guess the prices drop a bit with the first news of SG3

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisCorp ChristopherCorpening

    I can honestly say that I am glad I upgraded my OG to the Galaxy Nexus. I love this phone and I know it will do me well for 2 years when I can upgrade to the next best thing. Hell. This phone may be the “next best thing” for a while now… 

  • Anonymous

    Nova Launcher? Root required?

  • Anonymous

    Anyone else notice the really, REALLY, rly low quadrant score? I don’t care and I know it doesn’t mean much, but WHY!?

    • Anonymous

      Yes. My buddy has a bionic and constantly brags about quadrant scores. We ran a couple of other benchmarks and the nexus faired better. I think quadrant does not matter anymore!

  • gregmr

    I think the “signal strength issues” are simply because people don’t realize most 3rd party skins display 5 bars of signal whereas Android only displays 4 (total).

    • Anonymous

      nope. sense and blur (I think about blur) both have 4 bars. I think touchwiz does too…

  • Anonymous

    I love my G-Nex so much more than my OG Droid or my Thunderbolt. (Early upgrades FTW!)

  • Anonymous

    I bought the extended battery. I need an external charger. Any recommendations? I would prefer it to fit the extended and the regular.

    • Anonymous

      The one Verizon has for the regular battery works just fine with the extended battery in it. The top door doesn’t shut flush but it’s really not a big deal. I have 2 regular batteries and the extended battery. Battery life is not an issue for me.

      • Anonymous

        alright. thanks.

  • Jonathonflores6958

    Does anyone know how to get the visual voicemail to work like in the unveiling??? I just got started with Google Voice and ditched VVM from Verizon.

  • Smr561

    If I’m having a problem with it connecting to 3G or holding the connection I should exchange it?  I thought this was a software issue that will be fixed with an update.

    • Antinorm

      I swapped out my GNex yesterday because of this (it would have random signal drops even if I was sitting in a hotel room with 4 bars of 4G).  So far, I haven’t had a single random drop on the new phone.

    • Anonymous

      I have the same dilemma.  Today is the 14 day mark, and Initially I was having issues, and I would literally be in the car right next to my friend who has a Nexus and he had 2 bars and I had nothing.  But the past few days or so I’ve had no issues at all so I can’t decide if I should still exchange it or just keep it since it seems to be fine now.  Part of me just doesn’t feel like redoing all the customization to a new one since I’ve finally got it how I want it.

      • Anonymous

        Also part of it might be that maybe I’ve just gotten better at managing the signal.  I leave LTE turned off unless I know I’m in a well-covered 4G area like downtown and am going to need that extra speed, but for the most part I just have it on 3G which is still fast enough.  Today is the last day to return/exchange it, so if it drops today at all then I’ll go ahead and swap

        • Anonymous

          If you bought it through Verizon you should have until the 15th of January to return the phone.

  • Michael Forte

    Ugh I want my Nexus now…

    • Anonymous

      you don’t have it yet? that sucks. you will love it :D

    • Guest345

      Attack boy!

      • Guest345

        Atta *

  • http://twitter.com/1TallTXn Nathan Seery

    I’ve got lousy battery life. No LTE in my area so that’s not the issue.
    At the 12hr mark, I’ve got maybe 35% remaining. And that’s with the extended battery and no worse use than I was doing to the OG which still turned ~45% over the same work day.  

    • TeflonBilly

      I think the phone still searches for LTE signal regardless of service area.  I would try disabling LTE chip.

  • Fillyo

    Ever since flashing to Zygote (now Axiom), my battery life has been more than acceptable, I am getting anywhere from 12 – 18 hours, depending on usage.

    • http://twitter.com/Alman_Smash Me like smash!

      I agree…aftermarket ROMs/Kernels have really helped…if they ever get hotplug stable it will be even better…turning off one of the cores when it’s not needed should really help conserve some of that juice

  • Freddy

    Gnex is great but the build quality is not.  It is a Software Only Greatness phone if there is such a thing.  Razr has an unmatched build quality.  It will have to wait for ICS but build quality rules over software anyway for me.

    • EC8CH

      “Build quality” of my G-Nex seems great to me.

      I hear this “buid quality” argument all the time. It’d be nice to have someone quantify it once.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

        I’m sure you’ve read the many posts that people have made, stating that they have scratched the case of the phone very easily, or that the battery door doesn’t sit perfectly.

        • EC8CH

          yeah, but then the next guy who makes the “build quality” argument will claim it has more to do with the quality of the internal components, then the external feel and durability.

          It’s such a nebulous argument.

          The battery cover on my G-Nex stays in place 1000X better than the one on my OGD… fact!

          • http://www.facebook.com/japultra Jason Nguyen

            +1 to that. This battery cover will never fall off, unlike the battery cover on my OGD and my Droid X. Those fell off all the time, especially the OGD. I actually love the battery cover on the Nexus. It’s only flimsy when it’s off the phone (which is only when I need to swap batteries) otherwise, what does it matter?

          • EC8CH

            It’ll fall off if you throw it down some carpeted stairs :-P

            But at least it stays on as you pull your phone out of your pocket!

          • Evan Knofsky

            YES! My OGD and D2 ALWAYS would lose the battery cover when I went to put them in my pocket!

        • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

          I had the phone caseless for 10 days (have one now though) and nothing at all “very easily” scratched the phone. Other than the one freaking, stupid drop on my laptop that gave it a few very, very, very small, minute scuffs, (I took my phone off of my dresser that’s next to my bed where I charge it when I initially woke up. But, I fell back asleep and accidentally knocked it off of my bed and it landed on my laptop. STUPID!) But other than that, I’ve no problems at all. 

      • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

        Yeah really. G-Nex built quality is really good. 

      • Anonymous

        The review didn’t quantify anything. It stated that its easy on the eyes and is a work of art. That has nothing to do with build quality, but rather design. You simply cannot deny the phone being plastic while maybe pleasing to the eye, makes it far less durable than some of its competitors. 

        • EC8CH

          I don’t agree that simply because a phone has a plastic exterior that automatically makes it less durable than a phone with a metal exterior.

          While somethings made out of plastic are indeed cheap, that doesn’t mean all plastics are worthless materials that are only used to cut costs.

          Also don’t forget the G-Nex has an aluminum frame inside that makes for a very stiff body.

          I prefer the feel of the plastic on the G-Nex as it allowed them to mold and round the corners more ergonomically than some of the other metal bodied phones. I’ve honestly never held a phone that felt more comfortable. 

          • dkbetts

            Yeah! Some guns are made of mostly plastic.  How does that make a Glock cheep?

        • Tony Allen

          And? 
          Bionic = Plastic
          RAZR = Plastic *kevlar is also form of plastic*
          Rezound = Plastic…

          Where exactly are you going with this? Pretty much all phones are made of some sort of plastic and occasionally mixed construction with another material. 

          • Tony Allen

            And it isn’t like most everybody puts some sort of case/protection on their phone anyway. 

        • Jboogie1289

          You want something that isn’t “Plastic-less durable” then join the sheep over at the “i” camp!! GNex is all of that and then some.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, build quality was conveniently left out of the review. So much for objectivity.

      • Anonymous

        He didn’t leave it out.  He said that he disagreed with those who said that the build quality was subpar.

      • Anonymous

        The topic seemed covered in both the “Feel” and “Design/Build” sections.  Or does build quality mean something completely different these days?

      • http://www.facebook.com/treswaters Tres Nugget Waters

        There were only 2 sections about it.

      • Anonymous

        So much for not reading the review.

    • Chrisriner84

      its funny how everyone rags on Samsung build quality, yet out of every drop test on youtube that I have ever seen there is always one consistency– if there’s a Samsung involved, that bad boys gonna win. Yeah the iPhone is “nice and heavy”, but its not so nice when you drop it. Do I wish my gnex was jet black? Hell yeah. But man this thing is like a supple boob in the hand. Just feels so good it makes me want to sigh.

  • Anonymous

    My razr lasted twice as long as my nexus does with lte on. I also find that lte is not my killer but rather the screen chews battery like a bad habit. Also got to be honest I don’t like the fact that I have to carry this special Samsung charger around to charge the damn thing none of my other chargers will work, that was one of my favorite parts about android one power plug for all.

    • Fillyo

      Don’t know what charger you are using, I use my htc one still at times, also I have a Monoprice USB cable I also use to charge, they all work.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve been using my OG Droid charger and two different Motorola Car Chargers. The Thunderbolt, Bionic, and Rezound were all able to charge pretty quick of those chargers. This phone charges on them, but pretty slowly. 8

    • Anonymous

      My htc and moto chargers work on my gnex

    • Anonymous

      All my micro usb chargers are working as well. Are you sure the connections were secure at both ends?

    • Chrisriner84

      You have to make sure its a somewhat newer charger; nowadays phones require more juice and some of last years chargers won’t cut it just BC they fit

    • rcpa

      I charge mine at work with the 500 mA charger that came with my bluetooth headphones.

  • Cory

    Whats your thought on vibration intensity? This may be the one deal breaker for me as much as I like the phone

    • Dude

      That’s what she said.

      • EC8CH

        best use of “that’s what she said” in quite awhile.

  • http://twitter.com/sethoscope1 seth merritt

    Well said. Thanks Kellex.

  • Moparchris69

    I have owned all of the high end android phones from verizon and i can say with out question this is the best yet..love battery life ,camera,screen and the UI is the icecream sandwich on top…

  • Anonymous

    LTE in Glendale, AZ area suck ass.  I’m in Denver, CO now and full 4G bars everywhere.  I looked at the dbm and it is -76!

    • http://www.facebook.com/phollenbeck1 Patrick Hollenbeck

      CO > AZ ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=54904597 Patron Saint Merritt

    i love the GNex, i just wish i was getting 20+ hours on a single charge. i’m lucky if i get 12. and i have the extended battery..

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, downloading now xD

  • Forepj

    Email and GV widget stop updating with no apparent fix

  • GNEX(MOTOX)

    A+ review @kellex:disqus  Im so glad this battery will last me finally. Getting it dec. 31… oddly thats up upgrade date though i never bought a phone on new years. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

      New Years day is Jan 1st and that’s a holiday.

      • GNEX(MOTOX)

        new years eve… lol, but still…odd, because i never upgraded on that date and it’s been that date for like a year now… 

        • kangamitzi

          Most of the upgrades I have seen have been 20 Months, not 24

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705034 Jeff Simpson

    Move screen from Good to Bad – do some research on the reported “Vertical Lines” issue in low light. Some claim this to be an unavoidable characteristic of AMOLED screens, but it’s still worth a mention.

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t move it to ‘BAD” per say, but yes at low brightness I can see banding on light backgrounds

    • http://twitter.com/RavnosCC RavnosCC

      I wouldn’t call it bad either, just annoying.  I see the lines every so often, especially in gtalk app and light backgrounds… kinda just have to ignore them :-/

    • Anonymous

      Yet to see them and I won’t go looking for them.

  • Anonymous

    What wallpaper is set on the first pic of the gallery? Looks really cool.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like the Pixel Rain LW

      • EC8CH

        some stay dry and others feel the pain…

  • angermeans

    Great write up Kellex! You hit it spot on. After a year of lackluster and buggy skins by the boat load (cough, Motorola, cough) this phone really has renewed my love of Android and I’m hoping it sells really well so Verizon will pick up the next Nexus phone as I have plans to only pick up Google’s baby when they drop it. I’m tired of all the other problems with OEM phones like, minimal updates (again Motorola), buggy software, bloat by the truck fulls, broken promises and way too late updates (I have a hard time believing any OEM in the Android game after the whole 18 month promise back at I/O), and worse of all no support what so ever. This in my opinion is the only option for someone looking for an Android upgrade and if it is not on your carrier then wait. 

    • Anonymous

      No in store advertising of any sort, minimum in TV, and sales staff pushing people to the Razr, and it’s still selling pretty well. It’s what people are looking for in an Android device. I hope the other manufacturers notice.

      • Anonymous

        They really are pushing the Razr. I went into a VZW corporate store to take a look at the Gnex and inquire about pushing my upgrade up two weeks (no dice). Guy that helped me asked why I was even interested in the Gnex. Then proceeded to tell me that the Gnex was really not that great of a phone and I shouldn’t waste my money and that the Razr was superior in every way… And that ICS didn’t really improve anything. I was kind of speechless.

        • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

          you think a guy at verizon knows what he’s talking about?

          • Anonymous

            Absolutely not! But it still kind of amazes me it happens every time though. It’s sort of fascinating.

    • Anonymous

      How exactly is Motorola’s UI “buggy”?

  • Anonymous

    Anyone have lag when using the home button to go back to the main homescreen? Also, the whites are quite dirty unless the brightness is up.

    • Anonymous

      no lag – perhaps a faulty app is installed? (have you tried forcing gpu rendering?).

      Agreed on the dirty whites at low brightness. 

      • Anonymous

        How do I force that?

        • Anonymous

          Settings -> Developer Options -> Force GPU rendering.

          Word of caution – some legacy apps may crash. 

          • Anonymous

            how is battery life with that?

          • Anonymous

            Havent noticed any change

          • Anonymous

            It still has the issue. i don’t get it.

          • Anonymous

            perhaps I have a disabled app that shouldn’t be.
            Here’s my list.
            VZWAPNService
            VZ Backup Assistant
            Voice Dialer
            Verizon Login
            News and Weather
            My Verizon Mobile
            Exchange Services
            Email
            Earth
            Books

      • Anonymous

        I never have issues with lag other than using the home button to go back to the main homescreen from another, even if it is one page. EVER

      • Anonymous

        Only app I can think of is Google Wallet, it’s pretty laggin IMO… but I want that.

    • EC8CH

      I’ve noticed the dirty whites as well with lower screen brightness.

      Small issue IMHO considering how awesome the screen is in all other aspects.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah. I know. Just a little issue. It is fine at 50 percentish

      • Anonymous

        +1 for the screen – Samsung makes screen porn

      • http://www.facebook.com/treswaters Tres Nugget Waters

        Have you noticed a band of the screen being slightly brighter with lower screen brighness and white to light-tinted background?

  • http://twitter.com/davidbavin David Bavin

    How many fps does the camera record at 1080p?

    • Anonymous

      OVER NINE THOUSAND.
      Nah. Just 30

  • Anonymous

    Best.Phone.Ever.

  • Anonymous

    Good review. Is the phone in your gallery stock ICS?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Stock with Nova Launcher.

      • Anonymous

        sweet. thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

    It may sound stupid but the camera is something I use every day in many conditions, I would prefer it to be acceptable. After reading some reviews I wouldn’t buy this phone solely based on that.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      You likely aren’t the only one. For people that use their camera constantly, they will either have to go another route or try a whole bunch of different camera apps with manual settings to get it tuned.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

        I’ll put it off for a few more months, maybe we’ll get something else by then.

      • Anonymous

        Great writeup. Sort of what I expected based on the general consensus. I might point one thing out on the camera comments. Because the sensors in phones are so small in comparison to DSLR’s hardware, the decreased megapixel count should actually be beneficial for the GNex. My pre-OG LG Dare from 2007 had a 3.2 megapixel cam and it still beats every android phone i’ve had to date in every department.

        Typically, less pixels means bigger pixels, means better low light performance and faster processing. I believe this is why Samsung chose to cut the pixel count down from the 8MP standard. Its why the phone is able to shoot repeated photos so quickly.

        To further combat the megapixel myth, I will confidently say that anything over 5MP on a smartphone is overkill. High MP counts were made for desktop wallpapers, landscape photography, fashion/commercial photography and most importantly, PRINTing as big as possible. Considering the comparitively insufficient opticts found on phones, even a decent sensor with great lighting will never produce pictures considered for printing (IMHO).

        That being said, an identical sensor size with less/larger pixels will not always perform better if the implementation is not up to par (i.e. software, image processing)

        And yes, I am a professional Photographer.

        • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

          knowledge drop. good stuff i agree

  • http://www.facebook.com/japultra Jason Nguyen

    Maybe it’s because I’m coming from a Droid X but I have no issues with the speaker volume on my Nexus. It’s louder than my X was and I can hear music much better when I listen to music while showering. 

    For all intents and purposes of why I use a cell phone camera, the Nexus suits my needs. For Facebook style photos, it performs just fine. 

  • Bryanb1

    Please return to Droid coverage. It was much better. This review belongs on Android Life.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      How is that? It’s a top tier Android phone that runs on Verizon’s network. Pretty much what we have been covering for more than a year now.

    • Anonymous

      no it doesn’t you simpleton – this site is for VERIZON Android phones. 

      • Anonymous

        Verizon only , that explains how the GNex gets higher marks than the GS2

        I so wish i could get the ET4G on vzw .

        After a week with the GNex:
        Today for the 1st time it rebooted on its own (while using google listen) , speaker is so thin sounding that even with V plus it distorts , camera – all of the shots where taken with the GNex pretty much orig Droid quality (if the gs2 ….) , battery life under 8 hrs with LTE off isnt cutting it, to me ICS is a bit too bare , this is coming from two year cyanogenmod user and the latest TW on the 10.1 tab actually adds usefull features to Honeycomb, wouldnt mind those on the GNex (old TW no way, but tbink gTab)
        The lack of deep darks and banding on all but higher brightness levels.drives me.crazy and perhaps having to drive up the brightness so much is killing battery life (the gs2 looks great on MINIMAL brightness) . Even without banding the display looks horrible if not cranked up.

        Stock nex browser, these reply fields do not offer auto.completion with the stock keyboard, surprised i never see a droid life.reader comment on this fact.

        I want to like this phone but…. as there is no winner on vzw , i will be stuck with the droid again , waiting as i did all of 2011….. vzw is the only decent betwork here

        Using a et4g wifi only is tough, it is left from a sprint trial, expected this nexus to meet or beat the galaxy II , huge let down (display, battery life, speaker, camera, now stability, all the important items, sucks that the nex is lacking in these areas).

        I can use the et4g wifi only.for over a day, lots of browsing, facebook, gvoice texts etc can also take great pics easily, also carry it around and listen to android podcasts thanks to a decent speaker, giving these everyday items up , cant deal with, wish so much Nex handled them.

        Also the et4g has more usable display , all but wheb in full screen vid mode, 99 percent of normal use the et4g has more usable screen area , even the Razr that my wife now has , almost has as much display area in use, the Nex is just little wide, Razr is vertically just as much…. i know resolution is better on Nex but on small screen , i will take better batt life and looking great at lower brightness levels than hi rez that looks horrible at low bright levels.

        Gotta stop.as lack of auto cmpletion and spelling on these reply boxes is not cutting it (stock browser ics issue suppose). Also go to Racer X moto mag site, stock ics briwser cant display correctly, u must swutch to landscape mode in order to scroll thru the site.

        Dont wanna beat up what maneey of u love, just frstrated. Again lack of auto completion typing this excuse spelling, no time correct.

        • Magnious

          mine reboots when i use google listen as well…..and only when i use Google Listen. I think there may be an issue with the app. I was afraid it was the phone..but its probably the app. TY

          • CyberPete

            the app, and well known.

          • Anonymous

            mine only rebooted for the 1st time today, it was in Listen, there was a loud POP from the speaker b4 the reboot, then it rebooted later this eve , I was only at the home screen, listen wasn’t open. again there was the loud pop, so i think it is Volume+ as I installed the full version the night b4, while it worked well enough to make the speaker usable it still was thin – i could live with the speaker if the camera, battery life are corrected – but the rebooting i can’t take – and if i have to remove Volume + (if that is the reboot root cause) , then the speaker isn’t loud enough (navigation for instance you can’t hear well at all) , so:
            1) if i have to remove Volume+ to resolve the reboot, i hope they update the app or google releases an update that fixes the volume level similar to Vol+ , but w/o the added volume it will be returned
            2) if Vol+ isn’t causing the rebooting, then that’s bad as i can’t have the phone rebooting on its own , i’ve never had that problem with the Droid or ET4G ever, def not acceptable

        • Anonymous

          Tell us how you really feel ;)

          • Anonymous

            Yea, I know , it’s a long list – but it’s honest. I’m a 2 year CyanogenMod orig Droid user , have had a chance to upgrade since Jan 2010 but the TBolt was just an Evo , a year too late, then the Bionic I waited until Sept – that was a fail for me (camera, buzzing / whine with analog out to car / headphones, 3G data drops) ….

            So then I (not too willingly) tried the Galaxy II Epic Touch days b4 I returned the Bionic – my wife and I LOVED (still do as we were able to keep them and use them Wi-Fi only) the ET4G but Sprint is super slow here (100 kbps down, 50 up, that’s not just the ET4G but with a Photon, Evo 3D and ET4G at the local Sprint store a week ago , still the same slow speeds – I tried Sprint to see if it improved b4 buying the GNex because if the Sprint network was “ok” in this area , i’d settle for even around only 400 kbps up / down, we would’ve activated our ET4G’s with Sprint as our VZW contract was ending this month – but as much as we love the ET4G , on a network where you can’t view YouTube videos and web pages take minutes too load , no matter how good the phone, that’s not going to hold up, so on to the Razr for my wife , GNex for me – in the store the camera and speaker I couldn’t get into but tried it anyway hoping those would improve , I didn’t expect random reboots and 6 hr battery life).

            So my post was just my honest feelings about the GNex after using the ET4G for a few months Wi-Fi only most of the time. I would do anything for VZW to offer a ET4G variant of the Galaxy II , even a Note I guess I would put up with the huge size.

            Christmas 3D wallpaper on the ET4G – the colors whether over saturated or not, to me and especially at lower brightness levels look SO MUCH better than the GNex – the GNex just looks dull unless the brightness is cranked up (never mind the banding at lower brightness on the GNex which is really annoying) – web pages on full brightness on the GNex do look good, I can sort of I admit appreciate the hi resolution at that point and the whites are not of the blueish tint of the ET4G but overall , the display of the GNex with having to run at high brightness and then the colors still are lacking in games and wallpapers such as the Christmas 3D wallpaper that was part of the 10 cent app sale recently….
            Then I so much prefer Gingerbread / TW (again I’m a cyanogenMod user, so trust me I’m not really into skins but the latest TW on the GS2 and our tab , it to me makes things easier – more useful and at least with the ET4G there is ZERO lag, it’s snappier than the GNex overall to me as sometimes there’s hesitation with the GNex that I never have with the ET4G (example – every time a Google Voice text comes in with the GNex, everything slows down – if i’m typing a reply text in GV while a new reply comes in, all slows, the slow portrait to landscape of the GNex is annoying too).
            So cut this short instead of repeating:
            hope the issues are corrected of camera, speaker, battery life and will live with other issues
            or return the GNex, keep using the Droid and wait for something else…

        • Ice456789

          TL;DR. But according to what I read (only the first sentence) he agrees that it’s better than the SGSII so yay! 

        • Jam120992

          My one complaint against the phone is how the screen looks when its at low brightness i wasnt sure if thats what all the amoled or if it was jus this hd amoled but it looks pretty bad. I guess im getting use to it. But i wish i didnt have to. But at full brightness screen looks amazing just eats battery.

          • Anonymous

            I just ended up with 6 hrs and under 20% battery and the 2nd reboot (before the reboots, a loud popping sound is heard) = I dind’t have the reboots until today and last night I installed the FULL version of Volume+, this and the fact that a loud pop is heard thru the speaker when the reboot occurs – I’m thinking Volume+ is the culprit of the 2 random reboots (which are the most annoying of all issues I have so far with the GNex).
            I hope the reboots stop because w/o Volume+ , Navigation, youTube videos are just too quiet to hear – especially if in a room with others (I tried to show someone the Voice Actions youTube tutorial so they could see that Android offers voice actions and the volume was so low…) . Volume+ while the speaker is really thin sounding and starts to distort – at least it makes the volume usable, w/o it, it’s enough to return the phone now vs trying to wait for fixes and the Jan 14th return date – but the reboots are enough to return now too.

            I hope battery life, speaker, camera quality, auto correction within the keyboard when entering text within many web pages , stock or Skyfire browser, banding of striations when less than half brightness etc are all corrected….

            That’s a crazy # of issues to wait for a correction – oh and the LTE and 3G speeds are always a bit lower than my wife’s new Razr . Add in fixing that too.

          • Anonymous

            Same here that I have to crank up brightness for the GNex to look decent (remove banding, also the colors not to look dull / washed out) – I’m wondering if I would leave the brightness on a low level if the battery life would improve .

            I couldn’t see dealing with the poor image quality at the lowest / auto brightness setting but i’d like to know if this would increase battery life beyond 6 hrs where i’m always 20% or less remaining (CDMA only or WiFi, browsing web, gVoice texting, GTalk).

        • http://www.facebook.com/treswaters Tres Nugget Waters

          I find your statement about the camera being OG Droid quality possibly exaggerated. I think it’s the biggest step up, aside from the processor. My OG wouldn’t even take picture that wasn’t almost completely black if I wasn’t in perfect lighting.  

          • Anonymous

            indoors with the lighting at night, GNex pics are similar to the Droid, with good lighting, the GNex of course is MUCH better. I’m not saying the GNex is overall as bad as the Droid’s camera but indoors for me it is similar (I have serious issues with everything having a yellowish tint with the GNex indoors at night, the ET4G, I just touch to focus, shoot – all on Auto and mostly great pics each time).

          • http://www.facebook.com/treswaters Tres Nugget Waters

            I gotcha. Yeah, I’ve seen that too. I’ve taken side by side dim lit indoor pics w/ my gnex and an iphone 4 and the pictures were similarly crappy. I’ve just learned to accept that most cameras aren’t going to take decent pictures in dim lighting. I haven’t played with any GS2 variants yet, though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      Just go away.  All Verizon Android phones belong on this site.

  • EC8CH

    You know what would be awesome though…

    if we could get some car and desktop docks that use the three pin charging here in the state!

    Who’s with me?

    • Anonymous

      +1

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know if there is any truth to this, but I’ve heard that the 3 pin connector did not transfer enough juice to support the Nexus with the screen on, the GPS running (read: Google Navigation), and LTE. Again, like I said, I just read this, and don’t know if it’s true. But I sure could believe it.

    • Chrisriner84

      Holy sheesh amen brother. Coming from a guy who forked over 100 bucks for inductive charging, I am DYING for them to LET ME USE MY THREE SEASHELLS

      • EC8CH

        Be Well @5851fabd04eb72e10043421eb18f57fd:disqus

      • http://twitter.com/billfordjr Bill Ford

        You know how to use the three seashells!?

    • Anonymous

      Should see some accessories from Samsung within 2 weeks.  My old college roommate works at Samsung headquarters in Austin now and said he’s been seeing the production specs around the office.

      • Anonymous

        Can he get a M.S. Mech. Engineer EIT a job? I drive by Samsung all the time on the way to my deer lease.

        • Anonymous

          Wish I could help but he’s just an engineer.  Only been there for about 6 months now.

    • http://twitter.com/darkzero7 Anthony

      I really just want the landscape desktop dock. I miss it soo much (Use my phone as an alarm clock, had a dock for both my OG and D2).

      • EC8CH

        That’s the one I’m waiting for.

        I had two for my OGD… one on my desk at work and one next to my bed at home.

        • http://twitter.com/darkzero7 Anthony

          I only had the one at home, but I plan on getting a second for my desk at work too. They are so convenient.

  • Anonymous

    Better late then never for the phone.. and the review. Gnex rulz

    • Anonymous

      It’s only been out for a week and a half. Writing a review after only having the device for a day or two(like some other sites) isn’t really a review at all, just an opinion.

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps less objective a week and a half ago but it’s still just his opinion today. I really love the phone and was just anxious to get his overall opinion about the phone sooner..

  • http://www.facebook.com/achapman91 Drew Chapman

    What is the wallpaper in the pic?

  • EC8CH

    Droid-Life is Dead.

    Long live Nexus-Life :-P

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Such a troll. :P

      • Anonymous

        Just checked nexus-life.com is already taken :/

        • Anonymous

          I registered http://www.FreeAndroidRoot.com and was gonna sell it. Just sitting there.

        • Anonymous

          Oops! Google Chrome could not find nexus-life.com

          • Lolpoop

            domain checker says its been purchased

    • zach taylor

      Its more like best phone on verizon life

      • Tony Allen

        Well since Droid phones are only on Verizon, that’d kinda make sense right? I mean the Evolution of Droid hasn’t exactly been stellar like the OR Droid. So what are most of the OG Droid owner’s going to latch onto, a Galaxy Nexus. Get over it lol

  • YourFriend

    Personally, I would have added the fact that it lacks a microSD slot as a con regardless if it has 32GB internal memory. External memory should never be left out in a smart phone.

    • Anonymous

      Agree my friend, But still a great phone

    • Anonymous

      Agreed but don’t miss it. At all. 

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Was sort of torn on the idea. Over the last month, I haven’t missed an SD card so I couldn’t really say either way. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have the option, but to this point, life has still been good.

      • http://twitter.com/RavnosCC RavnosCC

        Agreed, haven’t removed my SD card in probably a year… in other news, any word on a simple 3g/4g toggle widget? 

        • Dan Letsch

          I have been using the 4g toggle for razor and it works great.

        • Anonymous

          I wouldn’t  need to remove the SD, my issue was the rumors that computers wouldn’t read it as a tradition storage device.  Is this true?  because i constantly use my phone as a flash drive.

      • Anonymous

        I too didn’t think it was a big deal… until I got a new stereo for my truck for Christmas. USB capability — sweet! Oh, wait, no USB mass storage mode, and my stereo sure as heck doesn’t support MTP. Bah! Axillary cable it is, I guess. :(

        • Anonymous

          Does your new stereo support bluetooth? Honestly, using your phone as mass USB storage usually sucks because HU are slow to read the files. . The big problem I had with USB is that every time you re-connect the HU has to re-build its archive ans it takes a while. 
          Also, you can buy a thumb drive for cheap and get the same effect without always plugging and unplugging your phone.

          • Anonymous

            Doesn’t support Bluetooth, plus Bluetooth is a battery hog. With USB I could at least charge the phone using the same cable, so I wouldn’t need more than one cable. :(

            I guess it’s all irrelevant anyways, since I’ve basically moved toward streaming Google Music lately.

          • Tony Allen

            Yeah, but battery hog or not, plug your phone into the charger and just let it lie, bluetooth is the way to go. I’m going to be purchasing a new vehicle and A2DP is one of my main concerns. If I was looking at an older vehicle, I’d just install an aftermarket deck with BT support. It’s so much easier and painless.

      • Anonymous

        I was concerned with the lack of an SD card as well as I love extra storage.  Now that the Gnex INSTANTLY uploads copies of every pic and video I take…I haven’t missed it a bit!

        • Chriskampmann

          Forgive my stupidity as I have justed jumped into the nexus fray, but how are you uploading pic/videos instantly? Or do yo just mean the transfer between the app and the memory?

          • http://www.facebook.com/treswaters Tres Nugget Waters

            Google+ uploads pictures instantly to a private Picasa album if set to sync. Not just a Nexus feature.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks for clarifying as I was going to do the same.  Uploading WAY faster than my OG Droid to Google+

          • http://twitter.com/Dapke Dan Lampke

            Its a fantastic thing, especially over 4G.  I like how there are options to wait & upload when on a charger, too.  Very nice, overall.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree. Topped with no USB storage drive support, that was a total loss for me. I had to go RAZR for this reason alone. Crappy huh?

      • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

        You can mount USB drives. It’s not pretty yet (on a stock phone), but check out StickMount, which much improves mounting USB drives.

        • Anonymous

          My Nexus basically acts as a USB drive and I copy files the same way I always have. Am I missing any important feature?

          • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

            Oh wow, I made this more confusing that I though. I misread PAKman’s post. He meant that there is no “USB mass storage” protocol to connect to computers. And in that case, you are right. MTP does not act any differently — I would argue that it is better, since MTP does not need to remove the SD card and then remount it once you are done copying. Everything happens in real time. This begs the question: why is anyone still talking about this? MTP is better.

            What I meant is that you can mount USB drives to the phone, and use the phone as a USB host.

    • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

      I have actually never needed to remove my SD card. Since most phones only support 32GB anyway, I don’t think having it removable as necessary. (Although your opinion may differ.)

      However, I like the performance boost we get from having it as internal memory, as well as all the other benefits that are added by having it all be internal. The pros for me much outweigh the cons or not having an SD card.

    • daman

      I LOVE having a MicroSD slot. I will miss it dearly. The reason why I loved it is that I could store my photos on that microsd and lock the folder. Cant have people browsing my pictures on my phone and run into something they shouldn’t be seeing. Other than that, I really wouldn’t care if it had one or not. Obviously since I am now trying to get used to a phone that does not have one or supports it.

      • Anonymous

         Look up Photovault.

      • Anonymous

        Couldn’t you download an app that allows you to lock certain apps, such as the gallery? Correct me if I’m wrong, I’ve seen these apps in the Android Market but have never used one.

      • Tony Allen

        Photovault or QuickPic is your friend. SD card is anything but necessary for what you want.

        • LionStone

          yep…PhotoVault works great…

  • Anonymous

    I used to have battery life, then I took a LTE network to the knee

    • Heehah

      That joke was never funny.

      • Anonymous

        you were never funny, then you took a comment to the knee

        • Heehah

          Sounds like someone is mad. Also, no, you took an overused Skyrim meme and killed it even further. Good job. You’re just as bad as McTypething or whatever that “u mad, bro” guy’s name was.

          • Anonymous

            actually judging by the tone and length of your comment, it would seem like you are the mad one. (sorry for breaking character) 

          • Heehah

            You basically just pulled a “NO U”. Excellent argueing skills, my friend.

          • Heehah

            arguing*.

          • SportsterBK8

            Both of you shut up, or I’ll turn this car around!

          • Jovan Givens

            Are we there yet?

          • http://twitter.com/AKAtheMilkman justin carlisle

            My head hurts.

          • http://twitter.com/PaulJWiss Paul Wiss

            My everything hurts from getting smashed against this wall.

          • Emily

            My everything hurt then I took an arrow to the knee and now its the only pain I feel.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JDZ5NTVI52AAOOFVUDYXVWUXVQ Alvin

             my buddy’s step-sister makes $85 every hour on the internet. last month her pay was $7783 just working on the internet for a few hours.Follow the instructions at Online Income Solution and set up your account… http://gd.is/ryhL

          • EC8CH

            no… that guy’s worse… trust me :-P

            Here’s the Droid-Life Troll Top Scores

            #1 AnGelFace…. 100000000000
            #2 Jeff_Bernard……..1000000000
            #3 McTypething………999999999

          • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

            U took a Mctypething to the knee, bro?

          • Anonymous

            damn we lost Kellex to the meme….

          • EC8CH

            resistance is futile

          • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

            Mix in one more meme make it Y U NO took a Mctypething to the knee, bro?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000017250612 Alex Drum

            and behind door number 3 we have Kellex B, a tripple threat! he can tell jokes, loves android, and runs a kick site.

          • Guest

            AMEN!!!!!!

          • Anonymous

            AngelFace hasn’t been around lately…

          • Anonymous

            Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth..

          • Guest

            HOPEFULLY he killed himself!!  he is a major loser!!!

          • Anonymous

            Dude, Angelface is a known troll across the bloggitynet, not even an arrow made of knees to the knee could stop him.

          • Anonymous

            Dude, Angelface is a known troll across the bloggitynet, not even an arrow made of knees to the knee could stop him.

          • SKAV3NG3R

            Are you mad you took a arrow to the knee, bro?

            Couldn’t help myself…as i type this i am smh at myself.

        • Anonymous

          Nice one :)!

      • EC8CH

        It used to be funny, then it took a Pauly Shore to the knee.

        • Anonymous

          Boo :(

      • Eric Markson

        I know why you’re so angry! Someone stole your sweetroll!

      • David Hayden

        That joke will be funny forever, until it takes an arrow to the knee.

      • ArnoldTheNord

        Let me guess. Someone stole your sweetroll

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

      hello, fellow Redditor

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UN7HZFEPEJZ6W4UPNSTGPFLP6A Katherine

      @readers:disqusmy roomate’s mother-in-law makes $79 every hour on the computer. She has been unemployed for 7 months but last month her income was $8926 just working on the computer for a few hours.Read about it and Follow the instructions at Online Income Solution and set up your Own account… More 

      • Anonymous

        GET OUT SPAMMER BEFORE I SHOOT AN ARROW AT YOUR KNEE!

    • http://twitter.com/RavnosCC RavnosCC

      Anyone know of a good 4g/3g toggle widget yet?

      • Anonymous

        nope.

      • Brent Cooper8

        4G toggle for Razr. It still works on my Nexus. Its about as close as I can find.

      • Anonymous

         Beautiful Widgets has one in it.

        • Anonymous

          only works for 4G WiMAX, i have the paid version…

          • Anonymous

             The the simplest way is to download AnyCut and make a shorcut to the action. Its not perfect but it’ll get the job done.

          • http://twitter.com/RavnosCC RavnosCC

            I read reviews that Anycut doesn’t work with ICS yet though… will give it a try anyhow, sometimes those reviews are bunk.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000017250612 Alex Drum

            it does.  thats how you get rocket launcher :D i love me some rocket launcher and android android nyan cat :D

          • http://twitter.com/RavnosCC RavnosCC

            I got it working fine, not sure what other folks issues were, man I’d been missing Activities controls for a while now without LauncherPro, this is great.

    • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

      I think its pretty funny!

    • Anonymous

      This joke is dead, not like it was ever funny to begin with.

    • JohnPA2006

      The Nexus is a curved phone……
      “You see those warriors from Hammerfell? They’ve got curved swords. Curved. Swords.”

      Curved Nexus’s ?